I'm home for a few days and it will be time to check out the Ditch again. But I have a feeling I won't see the terrific sight I saw on one of my last visits before taking off! As you know, every now and then when I go to the Ditch I see something different. Sometimes it's an animal or bird I've not spotted. This time it was artists!
On a walk not long ago I was delighted to discover a plein air art group painting one of my favorite spots. And anytime I see fellow artists, I am always happy!
The first I encountered was Jim, who was happily seated by where the ducks often hang out. This was a good sign!
|The start of Jim's painting|
But it got even better the farther around the path I walked!
I was thrilled to see artists working in different media -- acrylic, watercolor and oil.
|Foreground: Juanita Seated: Kirsten, Cindy|
It's always fun to see how different artists paint or draw the same basic scene. Some work is all-encompassing, while others might drill into a specific detail or narrower focus.
Of course, I couldn't resist the temptation to ask if they allowed others to join this group and they were so welcoming! I learned they were a group called "En Plein Air" and Juanita Baldwin founded the group in 2012. They have been painting ever since during good weather seasons and exhibit annually. (This year their exhibit is in August at Framer's Edge Framing and Gallery in Okemos, MI.)
So, this fall, after my PT appointments are over and when I'm back from summer at the lake, another artist will join this happy clan! All of my art about the Ditch has been in photography, later turned to watercolor.
I have a feeling I will have a lot to learn!
(If you are in the Lansing, MI area Aug. 1-28, you can see an exhibit of this group's work at Framer's Edge. Or, since most of you are spread around the world, check out the exhibit art online!